New York City Insane. Childish. Disaster.
And those were some of the kinder comments from political pundits about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his response to President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress on Tuesday night.
Jindal, 37, a Rhodes scholar and son of Indian immigrants, is considered a rising star in Republican ranks and a likely 2012 presidential candidate. GOP leaders, looking for a fresh face for the party’s image, tapped Jindal earlier this month for the high-profile task of rebutting Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress.
But in both style and substance, Jindal’s speech has drawn flak from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Penni Pier, a political communication specialist at Iowa’s Wartburg College, said Jindal’s presentation was overly colloquial and his message of less government and more tax cuts was substantively thin.
“It sounded like the same old rhetoric — we had tax cuts the last eight years, and look where it got us,” Pier said. “Jindal was also trying to be so familiar, he lost credibility. Obama is familiar, but at the same time always a statesman.”